Despite the similar environmental characteristics of forest harvesting and manufacturing facilities operated by NCASI Member Companies in Canada to those operated by our U.S. Members, the different land ownership pattern and regulatory platform create unique needs for science and data to help Canadian companies cost-effectively meet their environment and sustainability goals. NCASI’s Canadian Program is grounded in a research program to address the specific needs of our Canadian Member Companies, and it is undertaken by a staff team located in Montreal, QC that is well-versed in the nuances of operating on the Canadian landscape. Our Canadian research program also leverages the strength of our program in the U.S., as well as the expertise of our U.S. staff, to provide our Canadian Members with an unparalleled resource to help them meet regulatory requirements and address stakeholder needs.
For more information on NCASI’s Canadian Program contact Kirsten Vice.
NCASI’s Canadian Forestry Program is focused on research oriented towards addressing the environmental aspects of forest management in Canada. Given the Crown land ownership context, much of NCASI’s research in this program area is publicly-available and NCASI collaborates with government and other stakeholders on a number of initiatives to enhance the application of this research to the forested landscape.Resources
NCASI’s Canadian Mill Environment Program is focused on research oriented towards addressing environmental releases associated with the manufacture of forest products in Canada. Individual research projects are designed in consultation with NCASI’s Canadian Environment Task Group and address the full array of issues that members manage associated with emissions to air, releases to water, and the management of chemicals.Resources
NCASI’s Canadian Sustainable Manufacturing Program is focused on research oriented towards addressing the sustainability- and climate change-related priorities of forest harvesting and forest products manufacture in Canada. Individual research projects are designed in consultation with NCASI’s Canadian Environment Task Group and address information needs associated with climate change & carbon; life cycle assessment; energy management; water sustainability; recycling & land use; beneficial use of residuals; and sustainability metrics and benchmarking.Resources
Woodland Caribou Research
Concerns have been raised by stakeholders regarding the interrelationships of Canadian forest management and caribou. These concerns are rooted in the recognition that five populations of forest-dwelling caribou are listed under the Canadian Species at Risk Act, with some herds in these populations experiencing range retraction and population declines. The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) lists forest-dwelling woodland caribou Rangifer tarandus caribou as a threatened species.
Canadian Steering Committee and Task Group Information
The NCASI Board of Governors appoints a Steering Committee in Canada. This committee is composed of Member Company senior personnel familiar with the environmental issues facing the forest products industry.
The Canadian Steering Committee meets several times annually to identify and prioritize the research projects undertaken by NCASI’s Technical Studies Program and to monitor progress toward achieving program results. Ad hoc committees and specialists convene as needed to provide expert advice in specific fields, such as forestry and health effects.